History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are." ~David C. McCullough
This course emphasizes the stories of history and the lessons we can learn from them. The course begins with a survey of the ancient world focusing on the formation of civilization as well as the essential accomplishments and impact of those early societies on today’s world. We will then center our studies on more current themes in world development beginning with the emergence of the modern world at the Age of Exploration. Focal points include: Revolutions (scientific, industrial, and cultural), Nationalism and Imperialism, World Conflicts (ex. WW I, WW II, Cold War, Vietnam) and the Contemporary World. Research, analysis, writing and discussion will be core elements.